The 7 Best New Songs of the Week: Zayn Malik, Kanye West, K. Michelle, and More

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So much new music is released each week that it’s impossible to hear it all. Not that you’d want to; a lot of it isn’t so hot. But let us help simplify your search for new sounds with a roundup of the week’s 11 best new songs. Trust us. We have good taste. (And check out last week’s collection if your hunger has still not been sated.)

Nick Jonas – “Close” (Feat. Tove Lo)

Hello sexy time. Nick Jonas shows off his falsetto in this ballad with Swedish singer Tove Lo, which is the first single off of his third solo album. The song’s slow build into an emotional climax is going to please Jonas’ current fans and attract new fans at the same time. The steamy music video for the song doesn’t hurt either. – Michael

Clare Maguire – “Elizabeth Taylor”

I’m always incredibly skeptical when it comes to musicians evoking the image-slash-legacy of an extraordinarily well-known Hollywood legend as a shortcut to “meaningfulness.” (Please see Nicki Minaj’s “Marilyn Monroe” for an example of how this trope can go horribly, horribly wrong.) But I managed to overcome my fear and press play on “Elizabeth Taylor,” and I am a better man for it. Something about the song — probably the minor key minimalism and piano — reminds me of Lana Del Rey’s breakout hit, “Video Games,” though it should be noted that Maguire’s voice can do things Del Rey’s cannot. (No shade!) The powerful refrain of “I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I’ve loved again / but here I am, here I stand” works even without the allusion to Taylor’s infamous love life, but that allusion, in this rare instance, actually works. – Matt

Kanye West – “I Love Kanye”

Okay, so this isn’t a technically a new song. But seeing how it seems no one in the world is a Tidal subscriber, it’s pretty fresh for those of us who don’t like burning money for a subpar streaming service. “I Love Kanye” is the perfect Kanye West song. It’s 45 seconds long. It showcases Kanye West’s raw skills. It’s super meta in addressing the ongoing joke of “Kanye loves Kanye” by Yeezy himself. Whether you love or hate Kanye West, everyone can basically agree with his Kanye West song. (Pro tip: If you want more though, Kanye West’s “Famous” was also released this week on non-Tidal streaming service, too.) – Gabi

ZAYN – “Wrong” (Feat. Kehlani)

Aside from the horrible, aesthetically-unappealing way Zayn decided to style his song titles (iT’s UgLY and aNnoYiNG), his debut album Mind of Mine is a game changer on many levels. From previously released “Pillowtalk” and “Like I Would” to “She,” “Lucozade” and “Wrong,” I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t think I’d be into it as much as I actually am. Which is really, in the end, a win-win since who doesn’t love surprises (especially if it means a couple new favorite songs)? At the moment, my favorite is the boozy, laid-back “Wrong” which features Kehlani and her perfect vocals. – Kaitlyn

Kiiara – “Intention”

The whole of Kiiara’s low kii savage is worth a listen, but “Intention” is the standout for me. In moments, it brings me back to the sounds of 2013, Banks specifically, and there is even something about it that recalls Selena Gomez’s “Good for You.” Ultimately, though, it breezily avoids sounding too much like anything else all. It’s fresh, it’s catchy, and it promises good things from this (very) young artist. – Matt

Kanye West – “Ultralight Prayer”

Another, and probably not the last afterthought to come from Kanye West on his album-in-movement The Life of Pablo. This track came out on Easter on SoundCloud as a Cadbury Egg of sorts for fans who were looking for a Hail Mary from West, but it ended up just being an impassioned expansion on the lovely voices from Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price and a choir heard on “Ultralight Beam” from the original album, without any addition from West. Droppings such as these are to be expected from the album and arist who keeps on giving, even if most are in agreement that the boxes that he’s stacked up as of late are void of original “Kanye” substance. – Mia

K. Michelle – “Rich” (Feat. Yo Gotti and Trina)

K.Michelle not only has More Issues Than Vogue, she has Rich People Problems. At least that’s what she says in “Rich,” a track taken from her new album. Over a plunky trap beat, Michelle laments how her monied life isn’t all fun and games. She also offers a somewhat-dubious solution to her rich woman problems: keep getting richer! The track also features Yo Gotti and Trina, the latter of whom sounds as fiery as she did 15 years ago. – Matt